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10 Reasons to Buy a New Home

November 9, 2016

You have the option to design your own home to fit your needs - floor plan, finishes, fixtures, etc. Enjoy your new home immediately versus a long list of remodeling projects Everything is new and under warranty - no surprises! Build a home with "green-energy efficient features" Reduce ongoing maintenance costs with all new products in your home Feel safe and secure with a home that meets all new building codes and specifications Benefit from a community…Read More


New WCI Gateway Community – Arborwood Preserve

February 10, 2016

WCI just announced their newest community located in Gateway, just east of I-75 in Fort Myers!  The new 332 acre gated development will feature approximately 900 homes nestled among 73 acres of lakes and more than 20 acres of preserves.  The community will consist of a Town Center of approximately 23,250 square feet offering Arborwood Preserve residents an abundance of activities.  Breezy courtyards will connect approximately 15,250 square feet of indoor spaces, including a coffee cafe, card…Read More


SW Florida Market Conditions Update

October 23, 2015

Real estate values have been on the rise once again.  Demand exceeds the rise in supply.  If you are selling that is good news.  If you are buying, there is less to chose from, and sellers are holding tighter to asking price.  There is still an occasional good buy available, but they go quickly, and often with multiple offers.  Generally it is a motivated seller looking to sell their home quickly, or it is a home in…Read More


3 Major Distinctions Between Good & Great Home Design

June 22, 2014

From Professional Builder by Todd Hallett, TK Design & Assoc., Inc. (tkhomedesign.com) In my travels working with builders all over the country, I have the opportunity to see a lot of home designs. I see good, bad, fair, and occasionally great plans and elevations. I am able to walk a lot of models each year and see in the flesh what is working and what is not. I have come to realize that there are three major…Read More


Wing Home in Malibu California

May 30, 2014

Looking for a truly unique home design idea….well here you go for some inspiration!  This design firm in California, David Hertz Architects in Venice California, was working with a client who was interested in a unique approach to home design elements.  Check out the link to this architect's website for photos and videos of the exterior and interior of this very creative and unique home. http://davidhertzfaia.com/747-wing-house   Read More


HOUZZ Impressive Bath Remodel

May 19, 2014

Check out this impressive bathroom remodel form the website HOUZZ (www.houzz.com).  If you've never visited HOUZZ, you will find all kinds of unique homes design ideas, as well as remodeling, decorating, interior design, exterior/landscape ideas and more!  http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27263720/thumbs/Inside-Houzz--A-Chopped-Up-Bathroom-Goes-Streamlined-and-SwankRead More


Build a Unique Home

April 30, 2014

Are you as tired as I am with the same old same old home designs here in SW Florida.  Sure, there are many different variations of the "Mediterranean" style homes, but if you look at what most builders are building, they all look pretty much the same.  There are builders interested and willing to step out of the box.  We have relationships with several of those builders, and would encourage you to contact us to discuss your…Read More


Lee County Housing Market Data

March 31, 2014

    (Fort Myers, FL – October 22, 2015) Lee County continues to be a very hot market! Homes are selling for more money, and they continue to sell quickly. According to the latest numbers just released by Florida Realtors®, there were 14% more closed sales of Single Family Homes in September than the same time in 2014. The median sale price for a Single Family home has also risen to $211,578 – a 20% increase year over…Read More


Home Pricing Trends

March 6, 2014

There seems to be a trend with homeowners (and Realtors) of overpricing homes recently.  I cannot say whether it is being driven by the homeowners or Realtors being overly optimistic about rising property values. The normal pricing strategy for Realtors is to look at comparable, recent (60-120 days) closed sales in the same area for similar properties.  I know of several cases recently where that sound pricing strategy is not being used.  I've seen homes priced at…Read More


New Homes vs Existing Homes?

March 1, 2014

There’s still good buys on vacant land, and developers in planned communities have great inventory to build your new home just the way you want it. The pro of buying a vacant lot outside many planned communities (not all), is that you can custom design your own home and floor plan exactly like you want it. Most planned community builders have range of specific floor plans in varying square footage you have to chose from, providing only…Read More




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